The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has barred the state security outfit the vigilante service of Ogun State, from parading polling centres during Saturday’s local government elections in the state.
The electoral body also disclosed that 77 chairmanship and 569 councillorship candidates have been cleared tentatively to contest the council polls.
It said more candidates may still be disqualified, stressing that the final list of candidates would be released 48 hours to the election.
Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, the OGSIEC Screening Committee Chairman, Mutiu Agboke, said only the police and paramilitary agencies would be employed to provide security and monitor various polling booths across the 236 polling booths in the state.
Agboke, who is also Commissioner III, restated the readiness of the commission to conduct credible elections, saying election materials will be deployed promptly to riverine and remote local government areas.
He disclosed that there will be total restriction of movement between 8.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday.
He added that the commission was collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure success of the polls.
On the controversy and litigation trailing the conduct of the council elections, Agboke maintained that no court action can stop the election.
Agboke insisted that the commission would recognize the Chief Ireti Oniyide-led faction of PDP loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo despite the Lagos Federal High Court judgement which favoured the Chief Adebayo Dayo-led state executive committee